Nursing Program Course Descriptions

 

 

Nursing Course Descriptions

Nursing 132: Drug and Dose Calculations I

This course is designed to enhance the nursing student’s ability to read, interpret, and solve dosage calculation problems. Critical thinking skills are applied to medication situations to emphasize the importance of accuracy and the avoidance of medication errors.

Prerequisite: Admission to nursing program
Pre/Co-requisites: A & P 1
Co-requisites: Introduction to Nursing Concepts, Health Assessment and Diagnostics I

Nursing 133: Health Assessment and Diagnostics I

This course is designed to introduce the nursing student to the knowledge and skills required to perform a health assessment across the lifespan and to document appropriate findings. The nursing student will be introduced to normal lab values and basic diagnostic procedures.

Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program
Pre/Co-requisites: A & P 1
Co-requisites: Introduction to Nursing Concepts, Drug Dosage and Calculation I
Course Credit Hours: Two (2) credit hours. One (1) credit hour classroom; one (1) credit hour laboratory (3 contact hours). 

Nursing 134: Introduction to Nursing Concepts

This foundational course is designed to introduce concepts to the beginning nursing student that will focus on maintaining health and promoting wellness throughout the lifespan. Concepts and core values basic to the foundation of nursing practice are presented. Classroom and laboratory experiences provide opportunity for understanding of the nursing process, clinical judgment and decision making.  

Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing Program
Pre/Co-requisites: A & P I
Co-requisite: Drug Dosage and Calculation I; Health Assessment and Diagnostics I
Course Credit Hours: Eight (8) credit hours. Five (5) credit hours classroom; three (3) credit hours lab/clinical (9 contact hours).

Nursing 142: Drug and Dose Calculations II

This course expands the nursing student’s ability to read, interpret, and solve increasingly complex dosage calculation problems. Critical thinking skills are applied to age and acuity specific variations in select populations.

Prerequisite: A & P 1, Drug and Dosage Calculation I, Introduction to Nursing Concepts Health and Diagnostics I
Co-requisites: A & P 2, Health Assessment and Diagnostics II

Nursing 143: Health Assessment and Diagnostics II

This course is designed to focus on abnormal assessment and diagnostic findings. Modifications of assessment for select populations will be addressed.

Prerequisite: A & P 1, Drug and Dosage Calculation I, Introduction to Nursing Concepts Health and  Diagnostics I
Pre/Co-requisites: A&P 2, Drug and Dose Calculation II
Co-requisites: Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness I

Nursing 144: Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness I

This course builds upon foundational concepts across the lifespan while introducing the concepts of the wellness-illness continuum and the individual and family response. Classroom and laboratory experiences provide opportunity for application of the nursing process and development of clinical judgment and decision making.  

Prerequisite: Introduction to Nursing Concepts
Pre/Co-requisites: A & P II
Co-requisite: Drug Dosage and Calculation II; Health Assessment and Diagnostics II
Course Credit Hours: Nine (9) credit hours; five (5) contact hours classroom; four (4) credit hours lab/clinical (12 contact hours).

Nursing 234: Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness II 

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This course expands the concepts of the wellness-illness continuum, with emphasis on the expanding family and tertiary care within the community. Classroom and laboratory experiences provide opportunity for analysis within the nursing process and application of clinical judgment and decision making. 

Prerequisite: Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness I
Pre/Co-requisites: Psychology; English Composition
Course Credit Hours: Nine (9) credit hours. Five (5) credit hours classroom; four(4) credit hours lab/clinical (12 contact hours).

Nursing 244: Synthesis of Nursing Concepts

This course focuses on the integration of interrelated concepts across the wellness-illness continuum. Classroom and laboratory experiences provide opportunity for synthesis of the nursing process and integration of clinical judgment and decision making.   

Prerequisite: Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness II
Co-requisite: Professional Nursing and Health System Concepts
Pre/Co-requisites: General education elective
Course Credit Hours: Nine (9) credit hours. Four (4) credit hours classroom; five (5) credit hours lab/clinical (15 contact hours).

Nursing 245: Professional Nursing and Health Systems Concepts

This capstone course will focus on current issues in health care and the nursing profession and is designed to facilitate the transition from student to professional registered nurse. Topics of discussion will include national health policy and politics, ethical and bioethical issues, career development, application for state licensure and preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination.  

Prerequisite: Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness II
Co-requisites: Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
Course Credit Hours: Three (3) credit hours. Two (2) credit hours classroom; one (1) credit hour laboratory (3 contact hours).

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Course of Study (program course sequence)

Note:  All courses must be completed with a “C” or better by the semester indicated in order to progress to the next semester.  Competency exams may also be required in course/levels in order to progress in the curriculum. 

First Year – Fall Semester

First Year – Spring Semester

Dept.

Course Title

Sem.

Hrs.

Dept.

Course Title

Sem.

Hrs.

BIO

124

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIO

125

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIO

124L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I LAB

1

BIO

125L

Human Anatomy and Physiology II LAB

1

NU

132

Drug and Dosage Calculations I

1

NU

142

Drug and Dosage Calculations II

1

NU

133

Health Assessment and Diagnostics I

2

NU

143

Health Assessment and Diagnostics II

1

NU

134

Introduction to Nursing Concepts

8

NU

144

Nursing Concepts of Health and Illness I

9

PSY

200

General Psychology

3

 

 

 

 

Total Semester Hours

18

Total Semester Hours

15

 

 

Second Year – Fall Semester

Second Year – Spring Semester

Dept.

Course Title

Sem.

Hrs.

Dept.

Course Title

Sem.

Hrs.

ENL

101

English Composition I

3

NU

244

Synthesis of Nursing Concepts

9

NU

234

Nursing Concepts of Health & Illness II

9

NU

245

Professional Nursing & Health Systems Concepts

3

Elective

 

General Education Elective**

3

 

 

 

 

Total Semester Hours

15

Total Semester Hours

12

Note:  Students enrolling in the nursing courses will be assessed a per credit hour course fee.  This fee is used to replace expendable materials and to maintain and upgrade laboratory equipment.  See schedule for details for course fees.  See “Nursing Student Handbook” for additional program fees and information.

 

**General Education Electives must be selected from the approved General Education Courses and Designation (Page 46-47). The following are recommended:

            ENL 102 English Composition II

            BIO 101/BIO101L  General Biology I & Lab

            CHM 213/CHM 213L Principles of Chemistry I & Lab

            MTH 225 Introduction to Statistics

            PHL 290 Biomedical Ethics

            PSY 214 Life-Span Developmental Psychology

            PSY 224 Death & Dying

            PSY 230 Drugs and Behavior

 

Grading Scale
Students must earn at least 80% of the total points possible for each of the nursing courses in order to pass the course.Failure to achieve an 80% will result in a nursing course failure.

The Nursing Program grading scale is as follows:

Grade

Scale

A

92-100

B

85-91.99

C

80-84.99

D

73-79.99

F

0-72.99